In a 3:1 Vote, Residents Reject 9 Million Bond Plan for New Town Hall. Taxpayers Want Town Board to Develop a Less Expensive Plan and Encourage Public Input.


Woodbury's Plan for New Town Hall

 
Recently, the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce invited business owners, community leaders and organizations in Woodbury to partner with them to create a Woodbury Economic Development Committee. The goal of the committee is to maintain the vitality of Woodbury and to consider its economic and aesthetic growth.  

" While The Chamber promotes growth,  (it)  also believes in preserving Woodbury's history and supports preservation and recreation."  

The Woodbury Democratic Committee agrees.

"Just as this committee started to get off the ground, it was made aware of the proposed new $9 Million Dollar Town Hall that has been in the works for the past six months." 

Most Woodbury residents agree that a New Town Hall is long overdue. However, the particular proposal starting at $9 million dollars was presented to the Town & Village Boards without public input. The plan has led to a wide range of concerns over:

Environmental impact

Traffic impact and safety

Land/lot and building use

Taxes

We appreciate the work done by the Chamber to produce a power point/video which offers a recap of the current proposal. It also includes a list of concerns and some alternative ideas which show there are potential ideas that could be explored. 

This video is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the plan's strengths and weaknesses. To view it, click here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAPeccSZlA

RECAP - Woodbury News From Summer of 2016

The Town Board voted to move forward with the Environmental Review and securing the $9 Million Dollar Bond. Residents expressed many concerns.


A CALL TO ACTION RESULTED IN A REFERENDUM VOTE

Residents of Woodbury will be able to vote on the $9 million dollar bond on September 20. 

THE VOTE WAS 3:1 NO 

A VOTE OF  'NO"  sends the old plan  back to the drawing board and asks Town Board to develop a better plan.

People wrote letters to the editor.

They shared concerns on Facebook and Twitter.

They got friends and neighbors up to speed.


THE REASON WHY THE CURRENT PLAN NEEDED TO BE RE-EXAMINED

All agree Woodbury needs a new Town Hall.

But Woodbury also should examine more than one plan.

Residents deserve a transparent process.

Going forward any plans under consideration need real cost analysis and competitive bidding.

There must be an opportunity for public oversight and comment.